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Yankees Brett Gardner: Alex Rodriguez is 'all business'
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2:06 pm ET) Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner isn't surprised by Alex Rodriguez's approach this season. 

"He’s been all business since he’s been back," Gardner said, per the Journal News. "Last year, obviously, was very, very tough for him, and tough for a lot of people, but I think ever since he’s come back he’s been all about working hard and trying to help the team win."

That's in keeping with what Gardner has seen from A-Rod in the time the two have been teammates. 

"I’ve had a chance over the last eight or nine years to really see behind the scenes and what goes into his preparation for the game, and the way that he works in the offseason. He doesn’t need to go out of his way to try to win me over," Gardner said. 


Athletics call up Chad Smith, send down Ryan Cook
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2:02 pm ET) The Athletics recalled RHP Chad Smith from Triple-A Nashville, the team announced on Sunday. To make room, the A's optioned Ryan Cook to Nashville.  

Smith appeared in 10 games with Detroit last season. He was 1-1 with two saves and a 2.31 ERA in eight relief appearances at Nashville. 

Cook was 0-2, with a 10.38 ERA in four relief appearances with the A's. 


Padres' Cory Spangenberg earns Sunday start vs. Rockies
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2:00 pm ET) Padres utility man Cory Spangenberg will start for the Padres in Sunday's game against the Rockies. He'll bat second and play second base.

This is Spangenberg's first start since an April 24 game against the Dodgers. 

Third baseman Yangervis Solarte is back in the lineup and will hit fifth. After taking Saturday off, shortstop Alexi Amarista is back in the lineup and will bat eighth. 


Off for a week, David Robertson can give White Sox two innings
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:54 pm ET) White Sox closer David Robertson hasn't pitched since last Sunday. With an off day scheduled for Monday, manager Robin Ventura said that Robertson could go two full innings for the team, if needed on Sunday, per the Chicago Sun Times

White Sox Jose Abreu defends manager Robin Ventura
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:52 pm ET) The White Sox are off to an 8-13 start to the season, but Jose Abreu came to the defense of manager Robin Ventura. 

"If the people want someone to blame, it's the players. Not Robin," Abreu said, per the Chicago Sun Times


Angels bat Chris Iannetta ninth, behind pitcher
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:32 pm ET) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta will hit ninth in the order in Sunday's interleague game at San Francisco, one spot behind the pitcher. 

Starting pitcher Jered Weaver, who has a .118/.167/.118 career slash line at the plate, will hit eighth. His last base hit was in 2012. 


Giants' Justin Maxwell out of lineup Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:03 pm ET) Giants outfielder Justin Maxwell is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Angels.

Maxwell has made nine straight starts in right field thanks to a hot start with the bat, but he's hitless in 11 at-bats in his last three games and just 2 for 21 in his last five games. Gregor Blanco will draw the start in right field and bat eighth.

The Giants (-105) are a coin flip with the Angels (-105) Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Rangers' Ryan Rua to get foot scanned on Friday
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:00 pm ET) Rangers outfielder Ryan Rua will get a progress report on his injured right foot. 

Rua is on the disabled list and expected back in late May or early June. He'll undergo a scan on his foot on Friday, to check the progress of his healing, per the Star Telegram


Rangers' Josh Hamilton takes live BP for first time this season
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(12:58 pm ET) Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton took live batting practice for the first time this year on Saturday. 

Hamilton faced rehabbing LHP Matt Harrison and RHP Kohsuke Tomita, per the Star Telegram.

Harrison reported that Hamilton "looked good". Hamilton also shagged fly balls in the outfield after hitting. 


Cardinals send Jordan Walden to DL, recall Sam Tuivailala
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:57 pm ET) The Cardinals placed reliever Jordan Walden on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, retroactive to April 30, due to right bicep inflammation and recalled pitcher Sam Tuivailala from Triple-A Memphis.

Walden was reported to be batting shoulder stiffness, and it appears further testing has unearthed the biceps injury. He has given up just one earned run in 10 1/3 innings while striking out 12 batters i n12 appearances.

Tuivailala made his major-league debut last season, allowing four earned runs while recording three outs in two appearances. He's allowed just one unearned run in nine innings with Triple-A Memphis while racking up 12 strikeouts and six walks.


 
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